Edwards holds talks with Wales
Shaun Edwards has turned his back on Wigan Warriors and looks set to stay with the Wales Rugby Union beyond the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
Edwards was expected to take charge of Wigan from 2020, but following Wales' Six Nations Grand Slam success revealed that a contract had never been signed.
Warriors chief Ian Lenagan then admitted it was a verbal agreement, and he would not stand in Edwards' way if he had another opportunity and wanted to take it up.
Wigan released a statement on Monday morning confirming he will not be coaching them next year, with the man himself admitting it would have been the wrong time for both him and the club.
Edwards said: ''After much thought and deliberation, I wish to clarify my situation. I will not be taking up the Head Coaching role at Wigan, the reason being my lack of preparation.
"World Cup preparations have been brought forward a month and, as a result, I will be unable to spend eight weeks in Australia as planned on rugby league.
"I feel Wigan need a more experienced rugby league Head Coach than myself, to give the club and the people of Wigan the best team possible.
"The Wigan deal I recently received is very favourable to all other offers I have had so far. For me, this is not about money, this is about Wigan Warriors getting the best man for the job which, at the moment, I feel is not me.''
The 52-year-old has been linked with roles at Gallagher Premiership clubs Wasps and Leicester, but it looks as though a new deal with Wales is in the pipeline, with talks reported to be at an advanced stage.
Incoming Wales coach Wayne Pivac is keen to make Edwards a part of his new-look coaching team, and he looks set to take the position, news which will not go down well with Wigan fans.
Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.